Caldwell's homeless efforts under fire by City Council committeeUPDATED 9:25 PM HST Jul 24, 2014Video Transcript
A Honolulu City Council committee got cold feet today... opting NOT to make it illegal to lie down on sidewalks or go to the bathroom in public. Now Mayor Kirk Caldwell's holding that committee's feet to the fire... KITV4's Andrew Pereira joins us with the latest developments... Andrew? Paula, residents and visitors frustrated by a lack of action on the homeless issue in Waikiki will have to wait even longer. 13 47 125 Tracy Martin and his wife and daughter are some of the many faces of the homless in Kakaako. A heart attack left them on the streets.... Martin says Mayor Kirk Caldwell's plan of compassionate disruption isn't compassionate at all ... TRACY MARTIN: "MY DAUGHTER IS THREE YEARS OLD TODAY AND IF THIS BILL PASSES YOU'RE GOING TO LABEL HE AS A CRIMINAL BECAUSE SHE SLEEPS ON THE SIDEWALK? YOU KNOW WE HAVE NO PLACE TO GO." The mayor wants to make it a petty misdemeanor to lie or sit on sidewalks in Waikiki and go to the bathroom in public. Councilman Ikaika Anderson wants to take those bans island-wide. Neither one's happening anytime soon. A city committee deferred the bills after cabinet members testifed the city's housing initiatives won't be ready for several more months. Even Anderson had reservations today... IKAIKA ANDERSON: "BEFORE I WILL BE WILLING TO PLACE THESE ITEMS BACK ON A FUTURE COMMITTEE AGENDA, THE COMMITTEE ON ZONING AND PLANNING, I WILL NEED TO HERE SPECIFIC DETAILS FROM THE ADMINISTRATION ON HOW THEY PLAN TO ROLL OUT AN AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM FOR WORKING HOMELESS AND HOMELESS FAMILIES. AND I WILL ALSO NEED TO HEAR FROM THE ADMINISTRATION THEIR PLANS TO IMPLEMENT A HOUSING FIRST INITIATIVE." But the mayor says those concerns were never brought forward with the city's stored property and sidewalk nuisance laws. He says there are 116 emergency shelter spaces available in urban Honolulu and there's enough restrooms to move forward with his initiatives specifically in Waikiki. KIRK CALDWELL: "I SAY LET'S SEE HOW IT WORKS IN WAIKIKI. WE KNOW THERE'S ENOUGH SHELTER SPACE AND WE KNOW THERE'S A BATHROOM THAT THEY CAN USE 24/7 AND THREE THEY CAN USE FROM 5 TO 10." Anderson met with the mayor in private after the bills were deferred. We'll keep you posted on whether those bills get another hearing. Paula?